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Foster homes needed for influx of sick kittens at local shelters

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Five-month old kitten Jenna is being treated for ringworm at the Cat Adoption Team. (Photo: Cat Adoption Team) Five-month old kitten Jenna is being treated for ringworm at the Cat Adoption Team. (Photo: Cat Adoption Team)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland-area shelters are struggling to care for an unusually high number of kittens who have ringworm and are asking for foster homes to step forward.

Not only are the shelters full, but officials said a foster home is a better setting for healing, especially for playful young kittens.

Foster homes need to be willing to provide treatment for about 6-8 weeks and have a spare room that can be easily disinfected.

"When you say the word, ringworm, people tend to cringe," says Lisa Feder, Director of Operations at the Humane Society for SW Washington. "But this condition is very treatable if you have the right set up. If you've ever considered fostering an animal, now is the time."

Officials said the name 'ringworm' is misleading, there are no worms involved. Ringworm is a contagious but non-serious fungal infection of the skin.

Treatment, which is a daily pill and twice-weekly medicated bath, can take up to 8 weeks and special precautions need to be taken to prevent spread to other animals and humans.

Anyone interested in fostering can contact the following shelters:

The shelters will provide training, support, and necessary supplies.

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